JOORIS SALVAGES POINT, BUT PENGUINS LOSE IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

 

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scratched and clawed their way to a shootout loss in their final game of the weekend’s Midwest road trip, falling 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena on Sunday evening.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-17-4-2) peppered Anders Lindbäck with shots throughout the game, and it took until Josh Jooris shoved a puck across the goal line in the last minute of regulation for the Penguins to force overtime.

Both Lindbäck and Anthony Peters goaltenders made dazzling saves in the first period. Lindback robbed Gage Quinney on the power play with a diving effort midway through the frame, and Anthony Peters delivered an old-school, cartwheel, two-pad stack while the Penguins were on the penalty kill to keep the game even.

The Penguins dominated possession for most of the opening period, firing 20 shots at the net. However, the game’s first goal came on the Admirals’ second shot of the game. Anthony Richard picked off a pass and fed Frédérick Gaudreau on a shorthanded two-on-none rush at 10:38 of the first period.

Ethan Prow evened things up, 1-1, in the final minutes of the opening frame. Christian Thomas slid a pass from the wall to a wide-open Prow, who stepped up and rocketed a wrist shot over Lindbäck’s glove.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton once again out-possessed Milwaukee in the second stanza, but late in the period, the Penguins had trouble clearing the puck out of their zone, and the Admirals took advantage. Richard put the Admirals back on top, 2-1, when his shot following the failed clear deflected off of Thomas Di Pauli and sailed in the top right corner of the Penguins’ net.

Lindbäck continually turned aside the Penguins’ bids throughout the third period. In a last ditch effort to tie the game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled Peters for an extra attacker in the final minute of regulation.

A blocked shot skipped back to the point for the Penguins, and Ethan Prow dished it over to Jean-Sébastien Dea. Dea’s slapshot was stifled by Lindbäck, but Jooris would not be denied. He fought to collect the rebound and kept the Penguins’ hopes alive by tying the game, 2-2, with 39.3 seconds remaining.

Both goaltenders stood tall during an active overtime period, weathering the storm without allowing a goal. Lindbäck shut the door on Daniel Sprong during a breakaway in the extra session and stopped Jooris from reprising his role as hero in the waning moments of OT.

In the shootout, Justin Kirkland and Christian Thomas scored in the opening round, but neither team found the back of the net in rounds two and three. Richard notched the game-deciding goal for Milwaukee in round four.

Peters made 20 saves on the night, as well as two more in the shootout session. Lindbäck steered away 38 shots in regulation and overtime, and made three stops during the shootout.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 9, when they take the bus up I-81 to face-off with the Binghamton Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS SHUT-OUT BY DELIA, ICEHOGS

 

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fell to the Rockford IceHogs, 3-0, on Saturday in a hard-hitting, penalty-filled contest at BMO Harris Bank Center.

Both teams had six power plays and combined for 66 penalty minutes throughout the course of the game but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-17-4-1) did not take advantage of all the special teams action in the second contest of its Midwest swing.

Anthony Louis put the IceHogs on the board first, redirecting in a pass from the boards while standing between the hashmarks at 8:47 of the opening frame.

Rockford nearly made it 2-0 when Luke Johnson stepped up to a loose puck in the slot during an IceHogs’ power play, but rang it off the post behind Étienne Marcoux with eight minutes left in the second period. Shortly thereafter, the Penguins nearly pulled even on a man advantage of their own when Adam Johnson tipped a shot over the glove of Collin Delia, but its trajectory carried it narrowly wide of the post. After those close calls, the second period ultimately came and went without any scoring for either side.

Even though the middle frame didn’t yield any scoring, it only took 10 seconds into the third period for Andreas Martinsen to put the IceHogs ahead, 2-0.

In an attempt to spark his teammates, Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea accepted a fight with IceHogs defender Viktor Svedberg. Dea, standing at five-foot-eleven, didn’t last very long against Svedberg, who’s listed at six-foot-nine, but the altercation saw Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head to a rare four-on-three man advantage.

The four-on-three power play was the Penguins’ sixth man advantage opportunity of the game, and despite some solid scoring chances, Delia stood tall.

Martinsen sealed the win for Rockford with an empty net goal when only 61 seconds remained in regulation.

Marcoux recorded 19 saves on 21 shots faced in his AHL debut, while Delia stopped 34 shots to post the first shutout of his pro career.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 4, when they continue their three-in-three set through the Midwest and face the Milwaukee Admirals. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS DEFEAT GRIFFINS, 4-2

Josh Jooris (#37) made his Penguins debut on Friday night.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made their first visit to Van Andel Arena in almost a decade and left with a 4-2 victory in tow, beating the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night.

It took Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (33-16-4-1) until 7:58 of the third period to grab its first lead of the game, but it managed to hold the defending Calder Cup Champions to just 19 shots throughout the course of the contest.

The Griffins wasted little time getting on the scoresheet, as Matt Puempel lit the lamp 1:43 into the game. Ben Street wheeled below the Penguins’ goal line then slid a pass to the front of the net that Tangradi tipped to a wide-open Puempel.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton used an early second period goal to even the score, 1-1. Adam Johnson raced down the ice on a four-on-two odd-man rush for the Penguins, but instead of passing, he skated behind the Griffins net and then fired a shot through Tom McCollum once he emerged on the other side of the cage. Johnson’s tally at 2:04 of the middle frame marked his eighth goal of the season and fourth goal in his last four games.

Grand Rapids pulled back on top, 2-1, midway through the second period when Tangradi tipped in a Puempel shot during their third power play of the game.

The Penguins knotted the score once again with a man advantage marker of their own. Kevin Czuczman’s bid from the left-side face-off dot was redirected by Garrett Wilson at 3:22 of the third period.

Teddy Blueger gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first lead of the contest by hopping on a turnover right at the front of Grand Rapids’ net and depositing it behind McCollum at 7:58 of the final frame of regulation.

The Griffins pressured the Penguins greatly with the goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton staved off a tying tally and sealed the victory with an empty net goal from Wilson.

Anthony Peters recorded 17 saves in the win, while McCollum posted 25 stops for the Griffins.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 3, when they continue their swing through the Midwest and face the Rockford IceHogs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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JOHNSON’S TWO GOALS PUSH PENGUINS PAST BEARS, 3-2

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Adam Johnson delivered one of the finest performances of his rookie season to propel the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-2 victory in a tight, back-and-forth match-up with the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Johnson found the back of the net twice as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (32-16-4-1) received one goal in each period.

Hershey struck first just 2:06 into the contest when Travis Boyd whipped a behind-the-back, backhand pass from below the goal line to Riley Barber who fired a one-time shot past Casey DeSmith. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wasted little time to respond, as team captain Tom Kostopoulos blasted in a feed from Gage Quinney.

The Penguins eventually grabbed their first lead of the afternoon with a power play goal at 15:56 of the middle frame. Ethan Prow fired a shot from the point which Johnson tipped past goaltender Pheonix Copley. Once again, there was a swift answer to a go-ahead goal, this time with Hershey’s Tyler Graovac completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence 1:12 after Johnson’s man advantage marker.

Teddy Blueger got loose for a breakaway midway through the third period thanks to a sliding effort from Daniel Sprong, and Johnson gathered the rebound, allowing the Penguins to regain the lead.

Hershey pulled Copley for an extra attacker with 1:50 left in regulation, but couldn’t manage to get another puck past DeSmith.

The Penguins special teams shined bright on the afternoon, going a perfect three-for-three on the penalty kill and capitalizing on one of their two man advantage opportunities.

DeSmith made 23 saves, while Copley stopped 22 shots thrown his way.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Mar. 2, when they trek to the Midwest and face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is also against Grand Rapids on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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SPECIAL TEAMS BITE PENGUINS IN 3-1 LOSS TO CRUNCH

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had a tough time finding the back of the net in a Saturday night showdown that ended in a 3-1 loss to the Syracuse Crunch at Oncenter War Memorial Arena.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (31-16-4-1) scored early but saw its opponent use shorthanded and power play goals to earn the victory.

Things got off to a promising start for the Penguins when Freddie Tiffels struck on the team’s second shot of the game. Gage Quinney fed Tiffels who was wide open in the slot, and the German rookie roofed it at 4:24 for his second goal of the season, both of which have come against the Crunch.

Syracuse started the second period on the penalty kill, but managed its AHL-leading 11th shorthanded goal of the season as Gabriel Dumont drove to the net and tied it up, 1-1.

The Crunch eventually built a 22-4 shot advantage on the Penguins, only for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to turn the tide and go on an 8-2 run in shots on goal. Despite the influx of chances, the rest of the middle frame came and passed without a goal. The score remained even heading into the final frame of regulation.

Syracuse scored on their first two bids of the third period, the first of which at 6:02 as Alexander Volkov coasted through the neutral zone, picked up a loose puck and beat Anthony Peters on the backhand. The Crunch added a power play tally on a redirect by Anthony Cirelli 2:44 later, making it 3-1.

The Penguins pulled Peters for an extra attacker with 100 seconds left in regulation and were even given a power play for a late six-on-four man advantage, but never mustered a goal.

Peters made 33 saves, included making 17 stops on 17 shots faced in the first period, while Connor Ingram faltered only once on 27 pucks sent his way.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 25, when they face-off against the Hershey Bears. Sunday’s game is also a Kids Free Sunday, with all children age 14 and under can enter the contest free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS USE OFFENSIVE OUTBURST TO BEAT ICEHOGS, 6-3

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ offense shined to defeat the visiting Rockford IceHogs, 6-3, on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (31-15-4-1) received goals from six different players throughout the course of the game, and Tom Kostopoulos recorded two assists in his 700th AHL game.

Joseph Cramarossa got the Penguins on the board first when he collected a rebound and fired it into the IceHogs’ net at 5:36 of the opening period. It marked Cramarossa’s fourth point (2G-2A) in his fourth game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since being acquired in a trade on Feb. 14.

Kostopoulos delivered a nifty pass to Daniel Sprong and then set the screen on Jeff Glass as the rookie sniper whipped home a power play goal to put the Penguins up, 2-0, at 8:04 of the first period. The IceHogs struck back a little over two minutes following Sprong’s team-leading 21st tally of the season, cutting their deficit in half. John Hayden spun a shot towards the Penguins’ cage, and Tyler Sikura got just enough of it on a redirect for the puck to slip through Casey DeSmith and make it 2-1.

The Penguins increased their lead back to two in the final minutes of the first period when Gage Quinney shot beat Glass.

After most of the second period came and went without a goal for either side, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored the lone tally of the middle frame with only 2:26 remaining before the intermission. Kostopoulos found Garrett Wilson who whistled a shot low along the ice and through Glass’ five-hole, bringing the score to 4-1.

Adam Johnson and Reid Gardiner tacked on goals in the final period, the latter of which notched his first of the season. Rockford fought back with goals by Chris DiDomenico and Anthony Louis in the third, but it was too little too late to combat the Penguins’ earlier offensive surge.

DeSmith denied 24 shots for the win, while Glass made 19 saves on the night.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 24, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Sunday, Feb. 25, and its opponent will be the Hershey Bears. Sunday’s game is also a Kids Free Sunday, with all children age 14 and under can enter the contest free of admission with the paid purchase of an adult ticket.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Bears is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS DENIED WEEKEND-ENDING WIN BY PHANTOMS

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 4-1 decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center on Sunday evening.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-15-4-1) was stunted by excellent goaltending from Lehigh Valley’s netminder, John Muse, who posted 22 saves throughout the game and held the Penguins at bay on seven power plays.

Lehigh Valley used a favorable bounce during a power play opportunity at 15:21 of the opening period to score the game’s first goal. Oskar Lindblom found the back of the net after a blocked shot bounced right into his wheelhouse, and Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith couldn’t react to the redirection in time.

Phil Varone extended the Phantoms’ lead to 2-0 in the first two minutes of the second stanza, and Mike Vecchione made it 3-0 with another man advantage marker at 11:54 of the middle frame.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had several great chances to get back in the game with some power plays late in the second period, but Muse answered the bell. After Daniel Sprong hit the post on a one-timer, Muse scrambled to make a series of saves on Garrett Wilson and Sprong.

The Penguins finally solved Muse and made things interesting at 8:08 of the third period when Jean-Sébastien Dea tipped in a shot from Jarred Tinordi while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was skating shorthanded.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a couple of more cracks at the man advantage late in the game, but Matt Read iced the victory for Lehigh Valley with a shorthanded empty net goal with 1:54 remaining in regulation.

DeSmith finished the game with 28 saves in what was his third start in three days.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Feb. 23, and its opponent will be the Rockford IceHogs as the two clubs face-off for the first time franchise history. Rockford’s first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday with lower bowl seating available for $14 and select draught beers on sale for $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and IceHogs is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS FALL TO COMETS IN OVERTIME, 5-4

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came up short in an epic back-and-forth battle against the Utica Comets, losing 5-4 in overtime at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-14-4-1) used three tallies in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and take the lead, but allowed a tying goal late in regulation. Utica’s Patrick Wiercioch ended the game 49 seconds into overtime.

The Penguins found the back of the net first at 9:21 of the opening period. Gage Quinney’s spin around shot redirected between the legs of Thatcher Demko, and Joseph Cramarossa batted the loose change across the goal line for his first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith faced a 20-shot barrage in the second period, holding off the Comets until the final minutes of the frame. The Comets stunned the crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena at Case Plaza as Tony Cameranesi, Michael Chaput and Griffen Molino all scored within 62 seconds, giving Utica a 3-1 lead going into the second intermission.

The Penguins used a power play goal with a two-man advantage to pull within one at 5:51 in the third when Jarrett Burton deflected in a Daniel Sprong one-timer. Ethan Prow tied things up shortly thereafter, launching the puck over Demkos’ glove thanks to a lovely feed from Cramarossa.

Wilson completed a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a go-ahead goal at 13:36 of the third period. Jarred Tinordi’s blacked shot was gathered by Burton, who threw an elevated puck toward the net and Wilson batted the floating puck into the opposite side corner, granting the Penguins the 4-3 lead.

Despite the quick Penguin goals, Utica kept pushing. Its consistent battling paid off when Cole Cassels snuck the puck across the goal line amidst a net-front crowd with 2:40 left in regulation, tying the game, 4-4.

The game required extra time to determine a winner, but not much, as Wiercioch scored the game-winning goal less than a minute into the overtime period.

DeSmith saved 35 of the 40 shots he faced while Demko stopped 30 of the Penguins’ bids.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 18, when they take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Feb. 23, and its opponent will be the Rockford IceHogs as the two clubs face-off for the first time franchise history. Rockford’s first ever visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday with lower bowl seating available for $14 and select draught beers on sale for $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Puck drop between the Penguins and IceHogs is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS LOSE IN LONE VISIT TO ROCHESTER

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins kicked off a three-in-three weekend set on Friday night with a 12-3 loss to the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-14-3-1) lost three defensemen to injury throughout the course of the game, as Rochester had three different players score twice.

Just 1:17 into the game, the Americans’ Colin Blackwell levied a massive hit on Lukas Bengtsson that left the Penguins blueliner fallen in the corner. Roughly six minutes later, Chris Summers was clipped up high in an awkward collision with two other players. As he slowly got back to his feet and retreated to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s bench, Seth Griffith took advantage of the confusion and scored the game’s first goal at 7:06 of the opening frame. Adam Krause and Zach Redmond tallied within 2:09 after Griffith’s goal to catapult Rochester into a 3-0 lead.

Griffith scored for the second time 2:53 into the second period, and the Penguins decided at this point to replace starting goalie Casey DeSmith with Anthony Peters. Shortly into Peters’ tenure between the pipes, Alexander Nylander added another goal to make it 5-0. Nylander’s first goal of the evening marked the third-straight man advantage marker scored by the Americans.

The Penguins made a charge with two strikes separated by a little over two minutes of game time in the second period. A Jarrett Burton goal followed by a brilliant display of passing between Jean-Sébastien Dea and Cody Wydo cut the deficit to only three. Joseph Cramarossa recorded the primary assist on Burton’s goal, giving Cramarossa his first point as a Penguin while skating in his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut.

However, Rochester halted that momentum when Brendan Guhle launched a perfect shot under the crossbar 52 seconds after the Wydo goal. Sean Malone closed out the second period reestablishing the Americans’ five-goal lead, giving them a 7-2 edge going into the second intermission.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored a power play goal of its own with Greg McKegg firing one more past Linus Ullmark at the 6:05 mark of the third period, but once again, Rochester shut down any burgeoning momentum as Nylander netted his second of the night a minute later.

Kyle Criscuolo found the back of the net twice followed by goals from Stuart Percy and Matt Tennyson during a five minute stretch in the final frame of regulation, bringing the game to its final score of 12-3.

Frank Corrado left the game after a collision at center ice behind the play felled the fifth-year pro during the third period.

The Americans tallied six times on nine power play opportunities.

DeSmith recorded 10 saves on 14 shots before being replaced by Peters, who made 15 saves on 23 shots faced. Ullmark posted 35 stops as Rochester snapped a season-long five-game winless skid.

The Penguins’ next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time this season. Saturday’s contest is also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s annual Military Appreciation Night presented by MetLife. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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PENGUINS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT BRUINS IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins avenged their two shutout losses at Dunkin’ Donuts Center by defeating the Providence Bruins in a shootout, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in their last visit to Rhode Island this season.

It took 146:31 of game time over the course of three games, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-13-3-1) finally solved Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre to pull together a two-goal comeback before winning in the best-of-three shootout.

The start of the game was a defensive chess match. Neither team could tally a shot on goal during the first five minutes of the contest thanks to tight-checking defense and shot-blocking prowess on both sides.

The Bruins’ Tommy Cross blasted the first goal of the day past Casey DeSmith during a power play at 13:42. Providence built a 2-0 lead at 17:35 of the first period when Adam Payerl rush towards the net and shoved his own rebound across the goal line.

McIntyre had blanked the Penguins for seven-straight periods at Dunkin’ Donuts Center at this point, but that streak finally came to an end in the middle frame.

Gage Quinney came streaking in on an odd man rush and fired the puck up and over McIntyre’s glove to bring Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one 6:31 into the second period. The Penguins tied it up on a Jarred Tinordi chip shot over a sprawled-out McIntyre, finished the work done by Reid Gardner who racked up several rebound bids at the side of the net. Tinordi’s tally at 11:06 of the second period was his first goal since Nov. 12.

The third period decided nothing as the score remained 2-2 at the end of 60 minutes, and the shots were dead even at 30-30. No victor emerged after a five-minute overtime session, either.

Jean-Sébastien Dea used crafty puckwork to score in the first round of the shootout and DeSmith was perfect on three Bruins shootout attempts, giving the Penguins their first win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season.

DeSmith slammed the door on 32 of 34 shots faced in regulation and overtime, while McIntyre recorded an identical statline at the opposite end of the ice.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Feb. 16 when they travel to upstate New York for a tilt with the Rochester Americans. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.